Meredith Davis is the author of THE MINOR MIRACLE, and a second untitled middle grade book (Waterbrook, 2024/25) and co-author of HER OWN TWO FEET: A RWANDAN GIRL’S BRAVE FIGHT TO WALK (Scholastic, 2019). She once worked at an independent children’s bookstore, started the Austin Chapter of SCBWI, and earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults at VCFA. Her superpowers include reading, grandmothering, and finding ways to fit more books in her Austin, Texas home.
- I read a copy of the first Harry Potter before it was released in the US (getting advance reader copies of upcoming books! was a superperk of working at a bookstore!).
- I once played the trumpet like Rodney, I put everything on my calendar like Haley (including writing time), and just like Noah, I’ve discovered that being a good friend can be a superpower. I’m still working on being able to manipulate gravity.
- I cannot whistle, but I can touch my tongue to the tip of my nose. So can my coauthor, Rebeka Uwitonze. I think that might be a superpower.
- The only green vegetable I ate when I was a kid was canned green beans, but now I eat lots of green things, even asparagus (but not cooked spinach). Superheroes eat green things.
- When I was young I was allergic to grass and cheese. I would get shots once a week at home, and I would always hide in the same spot, and my parents would always find me, and I always got my shot. My superpower was not hiding. I guess there was something comforting about the routine, knowing my parents were going to do the hard thing even when I didn’t want them to. They’re two of my favorite superheroes, and I’m grateful for them.
- When I was young and my mom told me to go outside because I’d been reading inside all day, I would take my book outside and read in the sunshine. Superpower=reading.
- One time my aunt had cookies and she asked my cousins and me to say the magic word. Everyone else yelled “please,” but I yelled “spaghetti!” I still got a cookie, but I never forgot the magic word again. It is one of the first words I try to learn when traveling to a foreign country, followed quickly by “thank you.” Respect and gratitude are superpowers.
- I didn’t have a passport until I was 36 years old, and I got 35 different country stamps in it before I’d had it a year. My most frequent stamp is Rwanda. I traveled there 3 times while researching and collaborating with my coauthor Rebeka Uwitonze to write Her Own Two Feet, and we’ve been back many times to visit Rebeka and her family.
- I squirt whipped cream on my coffee every morning. It’s good to start the day with something sweet.
- I love to read. We find time to do the things we love, even when we’re busy. I read while I floss my teeth every night, holding my book open with my toes. Another superpower of mine 🙂
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